Maternity Leave in the UK

I am very lucky to live in a country with Statutory Maternity Leave. Even when I was in the USAF, the women only received six weeks off with their babies. Allow they are looking to change this.

The UK is not the most generous in the world but it ranks pretty high! See rankings of countries around the world here. The chart is a few years old and women now get 26 weeks.

If you go on maternity leave, you get 52 weeks off. The first 26 weeks, which can begin before you have your baby, you get 90% of your average weekly wages for the first six weeks and then you get £139.18 or 90% (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks. After that, the next 13 weeks are unpaid but you get the time off if you want it.

You also are protected while you are on maternity leave to include pay raises (many places have annual ones) and you also accrue holiday while on maternity leave.

You only get the Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) if you have worked for them for at least 26 weeks into 15 weeks before the expected due date.

Businesses cannot provide less than this but can provide more which I am thankful the place that I work at is very generous with their maternity leave.

All the Best!

American to Britain